The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best-seller list


Hardcover Fiction

1. The Law of Innocence, by Michael Connelly

2. The Moonflower Murders: A Novel, Anthony Horowitz

3. Snow: A Novel, John Banville

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. A Promised Land, by Barack Obama

2. Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City, by
Gary Kamiya and Paul Madonna

3. The Best of Me, by David Sedaris

Paperback Fiction

1. Shuggie Bain: A Novel, by Douglas Stuart

2. Overstory: A Novel, by Richard Powers

3. My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel , by Ottessa Moshfegh

Paperback Nonfiction

1. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the
World (Politics of Place)
, by Tim Marshall

2. Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA, by Amarylis Fox

3. Sapiens: A Graphic History (The Birth of Humankind), by Yuval


1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End, by Jeff Kinney

2. Two Many Birds, by Cindy Derby

3. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow, by Jessica Townsend


The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design, by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt
Mars zooms in on the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs. With deeply researched entries and beautiful line drawings throughout, this book will captivate devoted anyone curious about design, urban environments, and the unsung marvels of the world around them.

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence, by Becky Cooper
We Keep the Dead Close is a memoir of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman’s past onto another’s present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history.

Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive saga continues in Rhythm of War, the eagerly awaited sequel to Sanderson’s number one New York Times best-selling Oathbringer, from an epic fantasy writer at the top of his game. 

The Kingdom: A Novel, by Jo Nesbo
A mechanic from a rural mountain village finds the limits of his family loyalties tested when his entrepreneur brother announces plans to revitalize the community through a hotel project that becomes increasingly overshadowed by greed and dangerous secrets.

Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork, by Reeves Wiedeman
A day-by-day account of the five weeks leading up to WeWork’s botched IPO and eccentric founder Adam Neumann’s dramatic ouster, Wiedeman exposes the story of the company’s desperate attempt to secure the funding it needed in the final moments of a decade defined by excess. Billion Dollar Loser is the first book to indelibly capture the highly leveraged, all-blue-sky world of American business in President Trump’s first term, and also offers a sober reckoning with its fallout as a new era begins.

The Silence: A Novel, by Don DeLillo
A dazzling and profoundly moving conversation about what makes us human. Never has the art of fiction been such an immediate guide to our navigation of a bewildering world. Never have DeLillo’s prescience, imagination, and language been more illuminating and essential.

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